Eric Clapton tributes Prince with Purple Rain
These will be the guitar legend’s only UK shows
Eric Clapton has announced details of a three-night residency .May 13, 15, 16 – London, England – Royal Albert Hall
Eric Clapton held the first of his three concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London offering a couple of unusual covers in his lives. In fact, he opened his set with a tribute to Doris Day – who died just yesterday at the venerable age of 97 – singing “Que Sera Sera”, in homage to Doris Day. And for the encore he dedicated himself to the re-enactment of Prince’s classic ” Purple Rain “.
June 4 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
June 6 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
June 8 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
June 10 – Dresden, Germany – Messe Dresden
- Que sera sera (Doris Day cover)
- Motherless Children (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
- Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)
- Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon cover)
- I Shot the Sheriff (The Wailers cover)
- Driftin’ Blues (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers cover)
- Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (Jimmy Cox cover)
- Tears in Heaven
- Change the World
- Running on Faith
- Tearing Us Apart
- Holy Mother
- Five Long Years (Eddie Boyd cover)
- Layla (Derek and the Dominos song)
- Purple Rain (Prince cover)
Marking his only UK shows of 2019, the guitar legend will take to the capital for a trio of huge shows in May. Following on from recent shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and headlining this summer’s British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park, Clapton will be accompanied by band members Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Doyle Bramhall and Sonny Emory.
The full list of upcoming dates is below, with tickets on sale from 10am on Friday October 26 and available here.
Eric Clapton will be warming up for his Crossroads Guitar Festival with a limited run of tour dates on the West Coast in the fall of 2019.
Before the fifth iteration of the event, which will take place at Dallas’ American Airlines Center Sept. 20-21, Clapton will headline three shows in San Francisco (Sept. 11), Las Vegas (Sept. 13) and Phoenix (Sept. 14).
ERIC CLAPTON 2019 CONCERTS
|September 11||San Francisco, CA||Chase Center|
|September 13||Las Vegas, NV||T-Mobile Arena|
|September 14||Phoenix, AZ||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
Eric Clapton performed his first concert of 2019 on Saturday night, April 13, with the first of five shows at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan.
Of note was the return of an electric version of “Layla” which, for years, Clapton has performed acoustically, mid-set, while seated.(Bestclassicband)
Slowhand has played the legendary venue a reported 96 times in his career. On opening night, he performed a 16-song set that featured many blues covers (“I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Before You Accuse Me”) that he’s recorded and performed during his career.
Recently in October Eric Clapton wrapped a two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday night with a 90-minute set proving that despite his recent health issues, he still has the energy.
According with Variety , Eric Clapton, since concluding his 50th anniversary trek last year, the 73-year-old has retired from full-scale touring in favor of spot dates. He was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 2013, a nerve disease that causes tingling in extremities and painful “shocks,” which makes playing guitar and performing difficult.
Despite all that, on Sunday night Clapton tackled his catalog of classics like a man who has something to prove. While he may have lost some of the spark he showed in the late ’80s and early ’90s — and many fans were overheard wondering before the show whether he still had the goods — he wowed crowd with a stellar set in what could be, but hopefully isn’t, a farewell
The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee walked on the stage to a thunderous ovation and grabbed his iconic black Fender Stratocaster as drummer Sonny Emory, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, keyboardist and vocalist Paul Carrack, keyboardist Chris Stainton and singers Sharon White and Sharlotte Gibson followed.